Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Youngstown Thermal?

Youngstown Thermal is the owner and operator of the Youngstown steam distribution and chilled water distribution systems that has been heating Youngstown for more than 115 years. We provide steam for heat, hot water and cooling services in over 77 buildings in the densely populated central business distict of Youngstown including the University. Our customers use district energy as an alternative to operating their own steam boilers, electric chillers or other energy systems.

What is Youngstown Thermal's history?

The Youngstown steam distribution system is one of the oldest in North America, got its name as a Central Heating Company in 1885 and served only a few customers initially. As the City of Youngstown grew, so did the steam system. The primary boiler facility, known as the North Avenue Plant, commissioned in 1885 should be a National Historic Landmark. In 1980, Youngstown Thermal bought the Youngstown steam system from Ohio Edison. Since 1980 over $7 million has been invested to improve its infrastructure. This plant once provided DC power to run the trolley cars in Youngstown.

How reliable is Youngstown Thermal’s service?

Youngstown Thermal has a long history of dependability. Our facilities include multiple steam boilers that offer flexibility and redundancy. Moreover, we have licensed operators on duty and on site 24/7/365 to respond to any problems or concerns. It is likely to go 20 years between even minor interruptions in steam service.

What are some of the environmental benefits of district energy and Youngstown Thermal’s service?

Steam produced by Youngstown Thermal will soon be classified as a renewable energy source, allowing customers to significantly reduce or eliminate their building’s carbon footprint switching to district energy. Also, by using Youngstown Thermal’s service, customers are able to reduce or eliminate the need for on-site heating and cooling equipment, which translates to lower energy consumption and materials costs. Lower energy and material costs translates to a reduced environmental impact. One of our four boilers meets all of the needs seven months of the year replacing the need to instead operate 75 to 150 in-building boilers.

Below is a graph showing the difference in greenhouse gas emissions between different types of heating. Notice the difference between district heating municipal waste steam cycle combined heat and power and a building with electric resistance heating.

What are some of the financial benefits of Youngstown Thermal's services?

Joining a district energy system saves customers a tremendous amount of money in capital, maintenance, and material costs. Below is a graph depicting how much customers save on a district energy system.

Please call us for a no cost economic analysis of using Youngstown Thermal in your planned or existing facility: call John Rambo, our President, at 330-743-7712 or email at: 



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